Intermittent fasting is the new lifestyle craze. This eating plan involves scheduled periods of fasting and eating, to whatever ratio you decide. Most popularly, people fast in a ratio of 16:8 hours – 16 hours fasting and eight hours of eating as you please. People love it because it’s simple enough to follow and doesn’t really restrict what foods you can eat. That being said, some foods are better than others when it comes to breaking your fast. Here are some tasty, nutritional fast-breaking suggestions.
Yes, really. But in moderation, of course. Coffee is naturally calorie-free, so it can be ingested during both your fasting and eating periods. A cup of java is also an appetite suppressant, so this will help you to not over-eat in your eating windows.
Avid coffee drinkers will also be the first to tell you that it also works magic in terms of keeping you regular. If you’re struggling with constipation during your intermittent fasting journey, just brew a cuppa and you’re well on your way.
Lentils are the proverbial king of fibre. Did you know that 32% of your total daily fibre needs are met in only half a cup of lentils? They’re also super high in iron, which is an essential mineral that often gets left by the wayside.
They’re very filling and will keep you full for hours. And because they’ve become relatively trendy lately, you can find some fantastic lentil recipes online. So fear not, you can spice them up – there’s no need for you to wolf down spoonfuls of tasteless grains.
Because berries are low in sugar, they won’t leave you craving your next fix soon after a bowlful. Studies have shown that blueberries are exceptionally high in antioxidants, and you can simply throw a handful into your fast-breaking breakfast.
Raspberries also pack a powerful punch. A cup of raspberries contains about eight grams of fibre – which, proportionately, is really impressive. They’re sweet, ridiculously healthy, and are a good stand-in for sweets during the feeding windows of your intermittent fasting.
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If that isn’t enough, nuts are high in helpful oils and will keep you full for long because of that. If you’re looking to substitute your unhealthier savoury snacks (read: chips), nuts are the answer. They’re salty, crunchy, and there’s a huge variety widely available.
Sure, it might seem counterproductive to eat such a fatty fruit while you’re trying to lose weight… But, the fats in avocados will leave you highly satiated. This means that you’ll be left feeling full ages after eating one of these green gems.
Avos are a good option at the end of your eating window during your intermittent fasting because they’ll keep you satisfied during your fast.
Eggs are lunchtime lifelines – you can prepare them in minutes, and a boiled egg travels pretty well, so it’s perfect for an office snack (if your colleagues don’t mind).
They’re also a phenomenal source of protein. One boiled egg contains six grams of protein. You’ll need protein to keep full and maintain and build your muscle mass.
Fatty fish like salmon is really where it’s at. We all know that fish contains loads of healthy fats and oils, but did you know that it also contains vitamin D? If you’re doing intermittent fasting and can only eat for a few hours of the day, surely you’d want to eat foods that’ll give you bang for your buck?
As a certifiable “brain food”, fish is always a reliable meal option no matter what diet or eating plan you choose.
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